In times of crisis, when challenges try our resilience, and fear and frustration slowly consume trust and gratitude, what unites us, what brings us warmth, clarity, newly-found hope and strength? Stories.They are the fabric of life. Personal stories. Family stories. Cultural stories. Stories to learn from, stories to reflect on and stories to just giggle to.
Thread Tales, as the name suggests, is made of stories. And we feel that now, more than ever before, all our stories matter and can really make the difference to anyone wishing to listen. Our brand is built from a collection of family anecdotes and traditional tales from far-away lands. Girls next door and communities from remote corners of the world populate them; their stories unfurl against the rolling hills of the English countryside, the exotic lakes of Myanmar, the wind-swept mountain ranges of Nepal. All these stories sustain us and inspire us every day. They bring us closer even while we are far apart. They make us feel that there is still beauty, there is still kindness, and that we will get to the other side together. They make us hope that we will be able to make the other side a better place too.
So this is our gift to you. We have collected some of these stories into our very first Thread Tales magazine, in the hope of bringing you inspiration and comfort. We will take you across the world to places where maybe you have never been, but we will also wander not too far from home.
In our first issue we share our Oxfordshire-based family memories, explore Japanese aesthetics and visit a family-run cashmere recycling business in Nepal. You can meet one of our muses and read about what inspired our founder, Katherine, to create Thread Tales. If you are looking for books to accompany you through the cooler Winter nights, then wrap up warm (maybe in one of our wearable blankets?) and head to page 18. Opting for meaningful gifts for your loved ones this Christmas? Our founder has selected her favourite pieces at page 30.
We hope you will enjoy reading our first ever issue of Thread Tales magazine as much as we enjoyed making it! And if you did, please let us know in the comments what you loved the most and why.